Today is my birthday so I think of it as the beginning of a new year and a time of new possibilities. This year is different because I am also at a turning point in my career. Perhaps my looming birthday brought on my recent soul searching, but I have been giving serious thought to a career change or redirection. This is where the hard part comes in. Do I follow my interests and passions or follow the money so I can pay the bills? Like many people, I feel obligated to follow the money in order to stay afloat. However, a persistent nagging feeling has been causing me to look into other options.
In honor of my birthday I decided to take a personality/career choice quiz to find out what type of career would best suit me. Of course, this should have been done 20 years ago. But…better late than never. I took the popular Myers‑Briggs online assessment to first determine my personality type. I have taken this test before and, just as the other times I’ve taken the test, the result was Mediator, INFP-t. According to 16personalitites.com, a good career choice for a Mediator is a writer. However, this just brings me back to the dilemma of pay vs. passion. I can’t currently make a living as a writer, but my present career in law is becoming less and less fulfilling. Another site, Truity.com, recognizes that INFP types prefer creative and artistic occupations. Careers to avoid include chemist, which is what my undergraduate education was leading towards.
While I’m not ready to put in my resignation and become a writer tomorrow, I owe it to myself to come up with some concrete ways to explore more fulfilling options in my free time. To start, I plan to learn more about my specific personality type and the careers that appear to be a good match. I’m not sure where I’ll be a year from now, but I at least hope I’m not as confused by the time my next birthday comes around.